Landscape Worker Senior

Updated: 18 days ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


FS Maintenance Services

Position Overview

Facilities Services supports KU's mission of learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor by operating and maintaining the University's physical plant and grounds.  Work involves planting, cultivating, transplanting and caring for ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers and all other aspects of general landscape and grounds care on campus. Work requires working independently and/or as a lead worker as well as operating work issued vehicles, forklifts, pallet jacks and other mechanized equipment.
If you are looking for a rewarding and dynamic career look no farther than the University of Kansas.  KU offers great benefits to employees with paid vacation & sick leave, paid holidays, retirement program, medical & dental insurance as well as life insurance.  KU also offers educational opportunities for employees.

KU is a great place to work!

Schedule: Monday to Friday 6:30 AM to 3 PM

Job Description

60% - Horticulture: Prunes and trims plantings to acquire desired effect, to remove diseased or dead parts, to contain size of plantings, etc.  Acts as lead worker with crews in planting, transplanting and treating horticultural plantings. Provides the technical expertise to complete such projects as sodding or seeding of lawns, flower bed projects, tree placements, etc. Uses chemical treatments on plantings for pest and disease control and for fertilizing according to State requirements for the use of chemicals. Inspects plantings to determine the need for work to be done.

30% - Equipment Operation: Operates small to medium sized equipment such as snow blowers, tractors, trucks, and other equipment used in landscape operations and snow removal.

5% - Coordinates work with Landscape Technicians and other crew members and keeps supervisor informed about work in progress. Performs equipment maintenance on sprayer units, irrigation systems and other horticultural equipment. Performs other related work as assigned.

5% - Performs other work as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma or completion of G.E.D. equivalency.
  • One (1) year of experience in landscape and/or horticultural work.
  • Ability to obtain Kansas Pesticide license and certification within the first 6 months of employment.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license by the time of hire and throughout the term of employment.
  • Valid CDL or the ability to obtain a valid CDL within 6 months of employment
  • This CDL position is subject to drug and/or alcohol testing under the authority of the State of Kansas Alcohol and Controlled Substance Program. The selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-duty Non-DOT drug test as a condition of employment in this position. Individuals employed in a position requiring a CDL can be selected for random testing during their employment.

    Position Requirements:

    • Reach, grasp, lift, carry, and place moderately heavy loads frequently, and heavy loads occasionally (50 lbs) with or without reasonable accommodation.
    • Work in temperature extremes, both hot and cold - typically outdoors.
    • Report to work during declared periods of inclement weather.
    • Work overtime and respond to after-hours emergencies as needed.

    Preferred Qualifications

    1. Knowledge of the methods, practices, techniques and tools used in the planting and care of common Midwestern trees, shrubs, grasses and other ornamental plants.
    2. Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of working with power tools and equipment in the landscape and grounds care trade.
    3. Knowledge of the methods, practices, techniques and tools needed to correctly identify, control and prevent plant diseases and insects.
    4. Possession of Kansas Pesticide license at the time of hire.

    Contact Information to Applicants

    Jeff Haley 785-864-0075

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    In addition to an online application please attach a resume, cover letter addressing how you meet required qualifications and three (3) professional references. 

    Review of applications will begin September 21st and continue until a qualified pool of applicants has been identified.

    Advertised Salary Range

    starting at $26,308

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    Anticipated Start Date


    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    B-University Support Staff

    Work Schedule

    Monday-Friday 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM

    Job Family

    Facilit Plan Design&Operat-KUL


    The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

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